DUETS is a pilot artist support initiative that will champion one-of-a-kind stories told using the unique combination of skills of the artists involved. Building on nine years of successful partnership, Fishamble: The New Play Company, Irish Theatre Institute (ITI) and Dublin Fringe Festival want to respond to the needs of the sector and introduce a new opportunity for artists.

In 2019 we are launching the pilot of a new artist development scheme, DUETS. This initiative is aimed at professional artists working in pairs to tell an undeniable story through the unique combination of their skillsets. Holding true to the successful core tenets of Show in a Bag, this initiative provides a supportive framework in which artists can lead and create their own tour-ready show. This new scheme is open to a broad spectrum of artists and offers an idea development bursary of €5500 to successful projects.​

The three partner organisations will provide support as the duos create a piece of tour-ready new work. Selected projects will receive dramaturgical support from Fishamble’s Gavin Kostick to create a show that will premiere in Bewley’s Café Theatre as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2019. Irish Theatre Institute will offer mentoring and broker connections with programmers most suited to presenting the show in their venue/ festival.

For more information on who can apply and the application process click here.